Friday, November 11, 2016

Schubert, Franz. The complete Symphonies. Symphony 1/2/3.

From my collection.                
Bought in January 2016.
First listen: 13-1-2016.
Second listen: 30-9-2016.
Third listen:11-11-2016.
Label: ZigZag territoires.
Recording dates: January 1997.
Recording venue: Concertzaal, Tilburg, The Netherlands.
Recording engineer: Bert van der Wolf.
Classical relevance: As far as authentic performances go, Essential.
Symphony No. 1.

Really excellent performances and very good sound. These are familiar works, and most classical music lovers know them well, so I keep to the performance. Fast and furious, with every detail presented on a platter, a well defined orchestral sound stage, and a lot of additional things that I never heard before. Schubert lightweight, but by no means without punch and power. It is refreshing to hear what is going on all the way. A fine set and nobody will want to be without it.

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First listen: 13-1-2016.
Second listen: 30-9-2016.
Third listen: 11-11-2016.
Label: ZigZag territoires.
Recording dates: January 1997.
Recording venue: Concertzaal, Tilburg, The Netherlands.
Recording engineer: Bert van der Wolf.
Classical relevance: Essential.
Symphony No. 2.

Superb tempi, fast and furious with plenty of detail and forward push. The fierce lilt in the first movement had me on the edge of my chair, rhythms are dancing all over the place, joyfully bouncing against each other, with some powerful expression throughout the movement. The second movement has a good tempo, very detailed in the lower strings and woodwinds, it moves swiftly without being hurried. The Menuetto has a more deliberate tempo, not much different from what one can expect.  The Presto-Vivace movement blows you out of your chair, again like the first movement fast and furious, without losing sight of the details. 
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First listen: 11-11-2016.
Label: ZigZag territoires.
Recording dates: December 1996.
Recording venue: Concertzaal Tilburg, The Netherlands.
Recording engineer: Bert van der Wolf.
Classical relevance: Essential.
Symphony No. 3.

Again, I am astounded by the force and expression of these performances. I heard Schubert before of course, but never so clear, and punchy as Immerseel's interpretation. He hits all the notes at the right place, and never misses a beat. Alert and concentrated efforts of all participants. I cannot remember having enjoyed Schubert's symphonies so much as with the present recordings. That is why I played all three in a row, and I could easily have gone on, were it not for lack of time.  The sound is really good, so there are no wishes open!



Works performed:
See heading.

Performed by:

Anima Eterna Brugge, Jos van Immerseel.




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